Crime recording generally good - but there is still room for improvement

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Crime-recording by Thames Valley Police was given a broadly positive review in a new nationwide report - but the force still has issues which need to be addressed.

The Crime Data Integrity report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) was released on Tuesday, looking at the trustworthiness of crime information recorded by police.

The study looked at 156 incident records; while 139 crimes should have been recorded by Thames Valley Police, 118 were. This was better than the national picture, where the average of under-recording of crime is 19 per cent,

However most areas of the force were at least two weeks with their audits of crime reports.

And while senior officers understood the importance of ethical crime reporting, “the same is not true for frontline staff”.

Chief constable of Thames Valley Police Sara Thornton said: “It is important that we have an accurate picture of the crime in Thames Valley so that we can prevent crime and disorder, bring offenders to justice and put our resources where they are most needed.

“Nationally the report paints a mixed picture – not all forces are recording crime accurately -and 800,000 crimes which are reported to the police are unrecorded each year.

“While we recognise that there is still work to do, we are addressing areas for improvement. Overall the report is positive as it shows the police recording of crime can be trusted in the Thames Valley.

“This is reflected in the fact that crime in the area is at its lowest for 25 years.”